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Sixteen Brides
Sixteen Brides
Author: Stephanie Grace Whitson
Sixteen Civil War widows living in St. Louis respond to a series of meetings conducted by a land speculator who lures them west by promising "prime homesteads" in a "booming community." Unbeknownst to them, the speculator's true motive is to find an excuse to bring women to the fledgling community of Plum Grove, Nebraska,...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780764205132
ISBN-10: 0764205137
Publication Date: 4/1/2010
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 64 ratings
Publisher: Bethany House
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
After reading the reviews for this book, I thought about just skipping it. But finally decided that I could at least read the first few chapters. I was enthralled from the start. I disagree with the person who said that there are too many characters. There aren't too many characters, and each one continues to develop clear to the last page. (If I can keep up, ANY body can keep up.) It really is a cute book. I found it to be very entertaining, and couldn't put it down. This is the first I've read from this author, but I look forward to others. I'd recommend this one to anyone.
Moonpie avatar reviewed Sixteen Brides on + 1169 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I thoroughly enjoyed Sixteen Brides. It focuses on five of the women who after the Civil War, thought they were heading to Nebraska Territory with the opportunity to own land (an unheard of thing doing that time) and to start new lives. They soon find out they have been mislead and unknown to them, they were coming as prepaid mail order brides.
Some of the women were widowed, some divorced or fleeing bad relationships, but all of them had pain from their past they were trying to escape, and none of these 5 were interested in marrying.
They all banded together to support each other and make a life together in the harsh land they found themselves in. The book was hard to put down as each womans individuality and past life was revealed and woven into the present. I liked the fact that even with such diverse personalities and backgrounds they became a close knitted group of friends. Everyone one of the ladies has some special and surprising talent or skill that filled a need.
The courage and personal growth each showed as they created a new existence and left their pasts behind was inspiring to me. It reminded me that determination and perseverance with Gods help can overcome trials or heartaches not matter how difficult. It also gave me insight of how the Civil War affected the personal lives of women during that era and the difficulty and hard work homesteaders faced.
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Really enjoyed this book. I love the writing and I wanted to know more about these 5 women.
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niceladywithglasses avatar reviewed Sixteen Brides on + 21 more book reviews
Book review for Sixteen Brides, authored by Stephanie Grace Whitson
Mrs. Whitson has written another suberb historical fiction book, this time about women homesteaders
who came to claim their own land in the Nebraska Territory in 1871.
The author takes us through many experiences of what it was like, or may have been like, for women
as they left their homes and traveled by railroad to become independent land owners. We follow the stories of
6 women, and each narrative brings awareness of what it was like for them to become self-sustaining land owners.
They originally were told a lie by a man who basically was bringing women to the plains to supply men with
wives who would work hard and maybe be loved by their husbands, maybe not. The women found out, and
made up their minds to persevere and shun the men's proposals and strike out on their own, to claim the free
land promised to them originally in the newspaper ad.
I liked the King James bible verses at the beginning of each chapter, they gave an idea of what that chapter
was going to be about. There were several allusions to Christianity, and near the end, Mrs. Whitson included
more, which is how one expects Christian historical fiction to be. I hope she writes more about Jesus and the bible
in her future books.
This was a clean Christian book, the relationships were kept sincere and uncontaminated by today's overloaded
and sometimes vile suggestiveness that is in some Christian romance fiction, sad to say. I would recommend
this excellent book to anyone who enjoys reading stories about 6 different women working to create and organize their
life of autonomy in the 1800s plains of America.
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I enjoyed this book and could picture what the author was wanting us to see. What a period of time that must have been in our country. Hard work.
bookworm01 avatar reviewed Sixteen Brides on + 138 more book reviews
I have been waiting not very patiently for my turn in the wishlist line for this book. It was sooooo worth the wait!! When I saw it was about 16 women, I thought "I will never keep these women apart"; the author chose five of the 16 women and told their stories. It was perfect!! The friendship between these women is so beautiful! I can't convey exactly how special this book is; but you just have to read it. I found a quote that describes how this book made me feel: "You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have a lost a friend."-Paul Sweeney
Only in this case, it was five friends! I read the author's notes and she and the editors called the women in this book "The Fab Five". That is exactly right.

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